September 16, 2014

TD run by 7-year old cancer patient highlights spring game, grabs national attention (VIDEO)

It was the play of the game and for years to come it may go down as one of the greatest plays in the history of Nebraska football. I’m talking about seven-year old Jack Hoffman’s 69 yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of the annual Red-White Spring Game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Jack, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer, took a handoff from quarterback Taylor Martinez, started left, then cut right and followed his offensive line 69 yards for a touchdown. Players from both teams greeted Hoffman in the endzone and hoisted him above their shoulders while the crowd of 40,000+ gave him a standing ovation.

One of the announcers on the Big Ten Network said it best at the end of the run. “There truly is no place like Nebraska.”

Uplifting Athletes has raised over $300,000 towards pediatric brain cancer, a disease chosen by the Nebraska chapter.

Jack’s father Andy, who was called Friday night by the NU Athletic department to ask if Jack would be interested, couldn’t thank the NU family enough.

“Coach Pelini is world class. Truly there are no words to describe what this means to Jack and our entire family. Watching Jack run ahead of both teams towards the North end zone, I was absolutely overcome with emotion. Our heart overflows with gratitude for what Coach Pelini and his staff have done for our son. It truly means the world.”

You’ll never get tired watching the replay.  Kudos to the Big Ten Network for their first class call of the play.